Mind-stimulating activities may reduce risk of dementia in aging brain

Activities like playing chess, making crafts, and socializing could help keep the aging mind sharp, new research published in the Journal of Internal Medicine shows. Nearly 2,000 seniors from Olmsted County in Minnesota participated in the study, ranging in age from 70 to 93. Researchers found that even among participants who carried a gene variation…

Caregivers: Sharing Sunshine

While I’m still a pretty independent gal, it’s nice to have others check on me. That’s why I’m thankful for aids like Sunshine who regularly drop by to see how I’m doing. As everyone here at my assisted living facility knows, Sunshine lives up to her name with her bright smile and warm nature. She…

Family Caregivers: It’s OK to Ask for Help

It is a tremendous responsibility to provide care for an aging loved one. It’s important to recognize the need of care for the caregiver, too. This is an extremely stressful time in anyone’s life, and an appropriate amount of respite time away is necessary for regenerating energy, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude in the caregiver.…

The high demand and growing opportunity of the caregiving market

The market sector providing support to family caregivers is forecast to grow at an average rate of 13% from 2016 to 2020 and reach $72 billion by 2020, according to a recent AARP report. This caregiving support market includes everything from transportation to personal care to repair services. This translates into many jobs related to…

Meet Helen!

Meet Helen Miller, a spunky 95-year-old who doesn’t let age slow her down. Born on November 8, 1921, Helen has lived in Minnesota for most of her life. During World War II, Helen served in the Woman Army Corps for three years at Army Air 8th Fighter Command headquarters in England. Helen likes to keep…

Optimism could be linked to a longer lifespan

According to new research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, your longevity could be related to your outlook on life. A study of more than 70,000 women who were part of the Nurses’ Health Study revealed that older women who had a more optimistic attitude than their peers also tended to be healthier. After…

It’s not about stuff

“Mom, what can we get you for Christmas – you never seem to want anything?” There is a time in our lives when gifts are really important. Both giving or receiving that perfect something which we really love or which we know our special person will really love, can make our Holiday. As age sets…

Be inspired: Three stories from three Minnesotans facing aging

Recently, Face Aging released three videos that highlight the perspectives of three Minnesotans facing aging: a senior, her daughter, and a professional caregiver. In the videos, each woman shares three things they have learned about aging. With at least 60,000 Minnesotans turning 65 every year from now through 2030, we need to work together as…